After spending most of the school year connecting virtually, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School leadership students who are part of the High School Heroes program finally had the opportunity to connect with the youngest students at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School on May 31. Throughout the school year, the high school students have been working with the younger students virtually. During their in-person outdoor meeting at Deauville Gardens East, the high school students read books and played games with the kindergarten and first grade classes.
Date Added: 6/22/2022
On June 15 and 16, Copiague School District’s four elementary schools all celebrated the fifth grade classes with moving up ceremonies. Deauville Gardens East, Deauville Gardens West, Great Neck Road and Susan E. Wiley elementary schools each held their own respective ceremonies to celebrate their school’s Class of 2022.
Invited guests cheered on the students as they marched into the tents, all dressed in their fifth grade class shirts. Guests and students were welcomed by their principals and assistant principals, who all offered words of advice as they start their new chapter at Copiague Middle School next year. The fifth grade teachers also took to the podium to impart their wisdom on their students.
One by one, each fifth grade student’s name was announced, met by applause from the audience. As they closed the chapter on their elementary school years, students looked ahead to their middle school years together.
Date Added: 6/21/2022
Celebrating the many successes of its students’ artistic talent, character, academic successes, leadership and citizenship, Copiague School District held its Superintendent’s Art Gallery Inductees and Student Recognition Awards ceremony prior to the May 23 board of education meeting in the Copiague Middle School auditorium.
District administrators, faculty and board of education members gathered with invited students and their guests to celebrate their successes.
The Superintendent’s Art Gallery inductees – 38 pieces of art – were on display for the audience to enjoy. Each student was presented with a certificate to acknowledge their achievement.
In 1996, the Superintendent’s Art Gallery began when the Copiague art teachers selected several pieces of student artwork to display. Through the years, the collection has grown to provide a showcase of student artwork in corridors and offices in each of the schools. Each of the framed pieces is identified by a brass plate noting the student-artist’s name, grade level and year the piece was completed.
The Student Recognition Awards highlight students for their outstanding achievements. They are presented twice a year to a small number of students for their special accomplishments.
“Publicly recognizing excellence is our way of celebrating some of the great successes of the Copiague schools’ programs and, at the same time, enabling us to showcase outstanding role models to our school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon.
Thirty-seven students were honored during the ceremony, as board of education members read a brief description from teachers and principals on why the students were designated for the honor.
Date Added: 6/15/2022
As a culminating activity for their yearlong character education and Dignity for All program, Deauville Gardens East Elementary School held a day centered on cultural appreciation on May 19.
Every student in the building watched the video “Everybody Belongs.” Classroom teachers in each grade level led different activities. Kindergarten classes read the “The Color of Us” and created rainbows that were unique to each of them. First grade students compared different colored apples to see that even though the outsides were different, inside remained the same. The first graders made self-portraits identifying their unique traits. Second graders created circle maps and wrote poetry about their unique characteristics and kindness.
The third grade students interviewed one another to learn about both their similarities and differences. In fourth grade, the classes studied their cultures and explored different cultures around the world. They crafted posters that each student shared with their class. Fifth graders studied different languages, foods and cultures and compared them to their own. They created a cultural research project in Google Slides.
“We are putting our character education program into action,” said Lysa Mullady, school counselor. “We are teaching our students respect, kindness and tolerance and showing them that we are a community. They are learning that character doesn’t count unless there is action behind it.”
Each student in the school created a pinwheel in a rainbow of colors. The pinwheels were all placed on the fence and each class went outside to see the creation.
Date Added 6/13/2022
The Copiague community joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Copiague School District on May 14. After a two-year hiatus, community members, students, staff, administrators, board of education members, community organization representatives and local legislators once again gathered at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School to showcase and highlight the district’s successes for the community summit.
Wet weather conditions moved the first half of the program into the high school’s auditorium. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon welcomed guests to the community summit. “To see all that the students have accomplished over the last year is a very prideful moment for all of the teachers and administrators here today,” she said. “We are particular proud of the academics that we are offering our students.”
Board of Education President Brian J. Sales thanked everyone for their hard work to put the community summit together. “Community summit is an opportunity for us to share some of the things going on in our schools,” he said “We celebrate the success we’ve had, and we collaborate on ways we can do things better. For the board, administration and staff, our top priority is putting students first. We are extremely proud of these results.”
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta introduced the top 10 students in the Class of 2022. Later in the day, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted its top 20 luncheon.
Outside the high school, students from the elementary schools, middle school and high school showcased their work for the community to enjoy. Some of the performances included the middle school step team, the Great Neck Road Elementary dance team, the Susan E. Wiley Dance team and the high school Zumba Club.
Date Added: 5/23/2022